March 25, 2005
Government shouldn't meddle in Schiavo case
Reb Yudel's mother comments in the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle
. I excerpt the only paragraph that's not a tear-jerker:
With each twist and turn in the current case, I ask myself, "What does this have to do with the legislative and executive branches of government? What right have a state Legislature, the Congress, the president to intervene in such an intimate, private matter? Why do people who have neither known nor loved Ms. Schiavo think they know what she would want? What gives them the right to presume what God wants for her?"
Mom's always right, but the plain fact is that once the sides in a dispute over an intimate family matter resort to inviting one branch of government to decide their issues, they can't really complain if other branches of the same government see this as an opportunity to jump in. As to what gives them the right to prseume what God wants, I believe every individual who embraces the scriptures must, sooner or later, develop a belief system, complex or simplistic, which, in effect, is what they prsueme God wants. Can we really lead a full, robust religious life with a hesitating, doubtful set of beliefs as to what's right and what's wrong? I doubt it.
It's safe to say, then, that everyone involved in the Terry Schiavo case gave up their right to privacy as soon as they went to court.